One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, Melissa McCarthy has found commercial and critical success with films like “Bridesmaids,” “Spy,” “Tammy” and “The Heat.” However, her role in the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot has seen McCarthy and her co-stars become the targets of online abuse.
In an extensive interview with The Guardian, McCarthy shared her thoughts on fame, comedy, working with director Paul Feig, and the barrage of negativity aimed at the new “Ghostbusters.”
“All those comments — ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’” she said. “I mean, really, four women doing any movie on Earth will destroy your childhood?”
“I have a visual of those people not having a Ben [Falcone, McCarthy’s husband], not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
That’s a kind sentiment, considering the amount of hate directed at McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
The Guardian also points out that while there has been negativity surrounding other franchise reboots and sequels, none of the male co-stars of, say, “Karate Kid” or “Jurassic World” had to deal with specifically sexist backlash.
Directed by Paul Feig, “Ghostbusters’ opens July 15.
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